Wastage of food, water in marriages un­der SC radar

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NEW DELHI: There is huge wastage of food and water at wed­ding func­tions in Delhi even as an "un­con­firmed re­port" has stated that three girls re­cently starved to death here and peo­ple con­tinue to face water short­age, the Supreme Court said Thurs­day seek­ing to know the gov­ern­ment's plan to deal with the is­sue. Com­mer­cial in­ter­est of own­ers of mo­tels and farm­houses, where mar­riage cer­e­monies take place, was get­ting far more im­por­tance than the pub­lic in­ter­est, in­di­cat­ing a "very sorry and sad state of af­fairs", prima fa­cie loaded in favour of the rich and pow­er­ful, the top court ob­served.

A bench headed by Jus­tice Madan B Lokur said it was high time that the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned with gover­nance of Delhi gave prece­dence to pub­lic in­ter­est over com­mer­cial in­ter­ests of own­ers of mo­tels and farm­houses.

The bench, which also com­prised Jus­tices Deepak Gupta and He­mant Gupta, asked Delhi's chief sec­re­tary to ap­pear be­fore it on De­cem­ber 11 so that ap­pro­pri­ate direc­tions could be passed in this re­gard.

The court, which was hear­ing a mat­ter re­lated to Blue Sap­phire mo­tel here, was in­formed that there were around 300 mar­riage halls in Delhi but dur­ing the wed­ding sea­son around 30,000 to 50,000 marriages take place on a sin­gle day.

The coun­sel ap­pear­ing for the mo­tel said they had an un­der­ground water tank of one lakh litre ca­pac­ity and the fire de­part­ment has told them to in­crease it to 1.27 lakh litre.

"Com­mer­cial in­ter­est of these mo­tel own­ers is not above pub­lic in­ter­est of peo­ple of Delhi. If every mo­tel will have one lakh litre water stored with them and peo­ple of Delhi are not get­ting water, then what is to be done," the bench said.

"Tell us how much food and water is wasted in these 50,000 marriages here," the bench asked, adding, "You have (mu­nic­i­pal) cor­po­ra­tions which side with these kind of peo­ple (mo­tel own­ers). That is why we are hav­ing so many prob­lems. A bal­ance has to be struck in favour of pub­lic in­ter­est".

The bench re­ferred to a news re­port of July which claimed that three girls had died here due to star­va­tion.

When the coun­sel ap­pear­ing for mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions said it was "In­dian men­tal­ity" to have sev­eral func­tions in marriages, the bench said it was much more in north­ern In­dia, par­tic­u­larly Delhi. "In our view, it is high time that the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned with gover­nance is­sues in Delhi give prece­dence to pub­lic in­ter­est rather than com­mer­cial and fi­nan­cial in­ter­est of own­ers of mo­tels and farm­houses and other sim­i­lar or­ga­ni­za­tions," it said.

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